How Many Porta Potties is Too Many?

“How many portable toilets will I need?” We get this question a lot, which is why we developed a handy guide to help you estimate how many porta potties you’ll need.

Generally speaking, you’ll need one portable toilet for every 50 guests for every 3 hours, which sounds simple enough. However, the math can get a bit tricky depending on the details of your event. As a result, you may be left wondering how many porta potties is too many.

The simple answer is, you can never have too many porta johns! Okay… if you have more toilets than people at your event, that might be too many!

But seriously, when it comes to portable restrooms, more is always better because it results in:

  • Shorter Lines

More bathrooms equal shorter lines. That means that your guests get to spend more time enjoying your event, which is even more important at special events like weddings.

Shorter lines also result in greater guest satisfaction, which is crucial when you’re charging for admission or fundraising.

  • More Options

Just like waiting in line, having to walk a long way to find a bathroom takes away from guests’ enjoyment of your event as well. (It can also be a recipe for disaster at family-friendly events where there are many younger children.)

Events that are held over a wide geographic area should offer plenty of bathroom options for guests that are close to their location no matter where they are. This convenience is something that guests really appreciate because it means that they don’t all have to stay clustered in one area or walk a long way back to the bathrooms.

  • Cleaner Units

When your guests have fewer toilets to use, each one gets used more often. That results in messiness and unpleasant smells accumulating faster because the tanks get filled up more quickly with toilet paper and waste. Conversely, when your guests have more units to choose from, they get filled up more slowly. This probably won’t matter much if your event is just a few hours long. However, if you’re planning an all-day event, this can make a real difference by the end of your event.

  • Greater Accessibility

Typically, event planners will only rent one ADA-compliant unit for every 5-20 standard units. These bigger units are not only easier for people with mobility issues to use, they’re also great for families that need to get multiple children and/or strollers inside. The more total units you rent, the more likely you are to rent additional handicapped accessible units. This improves the accessibility for your event overall, which is always a great thing!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

The Porta Potty Challenge Hits New Records

Porta potties are useful, but they’re not usually cool. However, with the #PortaPottyChallenge fad sweeping nation, they’ve become all the rage. In fact, Sports Illustrated has even picked up the trend!

It’s a pretty simple (and sort of hilarious) concept – squeeze as many people into as you can into a porta potty and then film it and put it online as proof. The trend seems to have taken off mostly with cross-country runners… perhaps because they’re zany and perhaps because they tend to be smaller in stature, which allows more of them to fit inside. Either way, it’s kind of entertaining to watch.

Recently, a new record has been set by the Riverside cross-country team in South Carolina. The team managed to fit 40 people into a standard porta potty unit. As porta potty pros, we know how impressive that is and we want to offer our congratulations!

We do want to offer a friendly reminder though for anyone considering trying the Porta Potty Challenge. Please be aware that there are risks associated with using portables toilets in a way that they weren’t intended to be used. Always exercise good judgement and know when to call it quits. It’s not worth having anyone get injured just to try to break an online record.

If you look closely in the video that the Riverside runners posted, you’ll see that the portable toilet unit is breaking at the seams due to pressure from within with so many bodies being crammed inside. This can lead to bruises as well as more serious injuries like difficulty breathing and broken limbs. Additionally, units that are not placed on level ground or are in damp or moist soil run the risk of tipping over, especially if they’re being misused. (And trust us, no matter how clean the unit is, that’s definitely not something you want!)

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Where Can I Find Portable Restrooms in West Michigan?

Looking for portable bathroom rentals in Michigan? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our portable restrooms page to find out more about our porta potty units and luxury restrooms. We rent restrooms for weddings, parties, community events, charity events, sports tournaments, festivals, outdoor concerts, tailgating, parks, trails, and anything else you can image!
Here’s what you need to know about us:

  • We do poo! We rent portable toilets and pump septic tanks across Michigan. We’re the experts!
  • We have 4 locations – Hudsonville, Ionia, Muskegon, and Big Rapids to serve your needs.
  • We pride ourselves on a few simple principles – cleanliness, customer service, and dependability. You can trust us with your event.
  • Your satisfaction is the most important thing to us. We’ll show up with a smile and do a great job that will wow you and your attendees.
  • We do weekend and special event rentals of porta potties, flushable restrooms, standalone sinks, and luxury portable toilet trailers
  • We offer specialty units for construction sites (high capacity waste holding tanks, fresh water systems, crane racks, and roller units)
  • We rent agricultural units that are all GAP compliant (ground units and trailer units)
  • We offer RV and house boat pumping services

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

5 Things Every Portable Restroom Supplier Should Provide

If you’re planning an event, you’re likely evaluating different portable restroom suppliers, but are you comparing the right features? Most people just look at price and assume that the other details are basically the same. However, this is a big mistake!

Restroom services can vary widely based on the provider, so you need to know what to look for! Otherwise, you can end up spending more money later or having your event ruined when the units you rent fail to live up to expectations.
These are the top 5 things that every portable toilet supplier should provide for your event:

  • Quality Service

Before you book anything, you should have a positive experience with the toilet supplier you’re using. Everyone you deal with should be friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. If they can’t give you a straight answer to your questions, or help you determine exactly what you need for your event, you should look elsewhere. The company you choose should also have enough experience with similar events that they can consult on what will work best, possibly even suggesting different options (like luxury restroom trailers) that you may not have considered.

  • High Quality Units

The toilet units themselves should match the expectations that the portable restroom supplier has set, which means that they should be well-maintained and arrive clean. If the units that you’re going to rent look old or beat up, it’s likely that the company that owns them hasn’t taken proper care of them (which can be indicative of their overall business practices). The units should all arrive stocked with sanitary fluid in the tank, toilet paper on the roll, and hand sanitizer in the pumps. Missing any of these key essentials or having dirty interiors indicates that the supplier didn’t take the time to properly clean them after the last rental.

  • Proper Placement

At the event, the restroom units should be placed out of the way so that they don’t attract too much attention. You want them to be conveniently placed, but not the start of the event. They should be readily accessible to attendees (this is especially true of ADA compliant units). Toilets should be placed on dry, level ground as well to avoid tipping over.

  • Clean Units

After every rental, toilet units must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Without a proper cleaning, messes and smells can linger, creating an unpleasant experience for users. This requires using the right products to get the job done effectively.

  • Expertise

Don’t choose a fly-by-night company! Trust your event to a team of experienced professionals. Companies that specialize in rented restrooms instead of offering it on the side are more dependable and have better equipment to choose from for your event. Rely on a supplier with a longstanding reputation for excellence instead of one that just offers the lowest price to ensure that your event will go off without a hitch.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Event Planning – How Many Portable Toilets Will I Need?

The most common question we get in this business is “How many toilets will I need?”

We get asked this by regular people planning private events as well as seasoned event planning pros alike, so we wanted to take the opportunity to break it down for you.

Regardless of the size of your event, having enough bathrooms is crucial in ensuring that guests will be able to enjoy themselves. No one wants to have their guests waiting in long lines (or leaving) to use the bathroom! That’s why it’s so critical to get it right from the outset of your event!

(Trust us, you don’t want to be the guy calling frantically asking to have more porta potties delivered mid-event!)

Use Our Planning Chart

We have a helpful chart to help estimate how many units you’ll need for your event. It’s a grid that simply multiplies the number of hours for your event by the number guests expected. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect that one porta potty unit can service up to 50 guests for up to 3 hours. For events where the number of attendees is unknown, you should round your estimates up to prevent finding yourself in a situation where there aren’t enough bathrooms for all the families and individuals that show up.

Consult the Pros

Our planning chart provides an estimated number of units that you’ll need, but if you want a more customized recommendation based on the type of event and the geographic size of the event, you can always give us a call at 888-320-9992 and we’d be happy to help you out!

As professionals, we have many years of experience in the portable restroom business, which means that we know best when it comes to rental toilets. We know when to recommend luxury restroom trailers versus standard porta potties, and we have all of the add-ons that you’ll need to keep your event sanitary!

Scale Up or Down

If the event you’re planning has been held before, you can scale up or down based on your previous experience. Typically this means learning from past mistakes and getting more toilets and trailers than you’ve had in previous years to better accommodate guests.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Portable Toilet Rentals for Construction Sites

Portable rental bathrooms provide more than just convenience for employees on your job site. In fact, from a safety and hygiene standpoint, portable toilets are probably the most important staple of the construction industry. Don’t believe us? Here are the top 4 reasons to have portable toilets at your outdoor construction site:

Increased Productivity

It’s no secret that employees will have to go to the bathroom at some point during the day while working (especially in hotter weather or more demanding work environments where they’re consuming more fluids). If you don’t provide workers with a place to use the bathroom, they’ll have to leave the jobsite to do their business. While you’d probably prefer for them to wait for their break times to do so, that’s not always reasonable.

Unfortunately, when nature calls, employees answer. The result is that employees will up and leave the job to go to the nearest store, gas station, or fast food restaurant to use the bathroom. This results in lost productivity and wasted resources (fuel, time, etc.) that cost your operation money. You can easily curb this by providing regularly-serviced portable toilets at convenient locations on every jobsite. This means not only having enough units for employees, but also ensuring that they’re placed strategically to allow for easy use throughout the day as the jobsite changes.

Roller units and crane rack portable toilets allow you to place bathrooms exactly where employees need them so that they don’t have to travel across large jobsites to use the facilities. This increases productivity and also mitigates safety risks by keeping employees where they should be instead of encouraging them to move around too much.

Improved Cleanliness

Some construction sites are more remote, encouraging employees to go to the bathroom in the woods. However, when employees are left on their own to determine where to use the bathroom, the sanitation level on the jobsite plummets because workers end up using their dirty hands to eat during lunch breaks. If employees are left without a proper way to wash their hands after using the bathroom, disease can spread, resulting in increased sick time for employees.

When employees are absent, the job takes longer to complete and costs increase. This is something that no employer (or employee for that matter) wants to deal with if they don’t have to do so. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use a portable toilet supplier to provide bathrooms and hand washing options. Hand sanitizer stations and portable sinks are both great ways to keep employees and your jobsite clean.

Job Satisfaction

Ask any worker if they feel more valued when their employer provides essentials and they’ll answer with a resounding yes! While it seems silly that something like portable toilets would go so far in increasing job satisfaction, those details really do influence employees. Investing in the health and comfort of your employees is likely to increase retention and make hiring new employees easier because it establishes your business as having a reputation of caring for employees.

Professional Appearance

Providing the proper facilities makes your business look more professional to the community. The last thing you want is to have local residents and people driving by and witnessing your employees relieving themselves in public. (In fact, in some situations this is illegal and can result in substantial fines as well!) Portray your company in the right light by providing the necessary accommodations for employees so that they can do the best job possible. The end result will be better work and everyone will be more satisfied along the way!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

How Much Do You Know About Portable Restrooms? – Take the Quiz and Find Out

Calling all masters of trivia (or just people who want to learn more about portable restroom options), how much do you know about portable toilets? Think you’ve got what it takes to get a perfect score? Take the quiz to find out!

1. Do portable restrooms have flushing toilets?
A. What?! No, of course not!
B. Yes, some models do
C. Yes – all of them

Correct answer: B – Elite porta potties and luxury restroom trailers both have foot pedal controlled flushing toilets.

2. Which of the following amenities are available in porta potties?
A. Hand sanitizer or sinks
B. Overhead lighting
C. Changing tables
D. All the above

Correct answer: A – All portable toilet units have either hand sanitizer pumps or sinks with running water.

3. Which of the following amenities are available in restroom trailers?
A. Climate-controlled interiors
B. Wooden cabinetry
C. Spacious countertops and large mirrors
D. Flushing toilets and sinks with running water
E. All the above

Correct answer: E – Restroom trailers are the true picture of luxury, with a wide array of amenities.

4. Which sanitary measures may be included in portable restrooms?
A. Hand sanitizer pumps
B. Sinks with running hot/cold water
C. Feminine hygiene product dispensers
D. A and B only
E. A and C only

Correct answer: D – All portable toilets provide some type of sanitary solution for cleaning hands after use, but they do not offer any additional sanitary amenities like a traditional bathroom might.

5. What is the main difference between a porta potty and a luxury restroom trailer?
A. A porta potty is a standalone unit with one bathroom inside while a restroom trailer is a multi-capacity unit with separate stalls or sections to allow use by multiple people at once
B. A porta potty is a more basic no-frills unit while a restroom trailer is packed with luxury amenities
C. A porta potty only contains a toilet while a restroom trailer also has urinals and showers
D. Porta potties are always rented in pairs or groups while restroom trailers are rented solo
E. A and B only
F. A and C only
G. B and D only

Correct answer: E – Restroom trailers allow simultaneous use just like a regular men’s or women’s bathroom while also providing a full complement of amenities to delight users. Bathroom trailers may have showers, but they don’t all contain these, and they can be rented solo or alongside other rented bathroom units. Porta potties can also be rented in any increments necessary, including as just single units.

6. Bathroom trailers are typically rented for which kinds of events?
A. Weddings and black-tie events
B. Festivals and retreats
C. Corporate functions
D. Community gatherings and sporting events
E. All the above

Correct answer: Restroom trailers can be rented for just about any kind of event that you can imagine!

7. Are portable restrooms handicapped-friendly?
A. Some units are
B. No, they’re too small to fit a wheelchair inside
C. Yes, all of them are

Correct answer: A – ADA compliant options are available in both porta potty and restroom trailer categories to provide handicapped access for users.

8. When can portable bathrooms be used?
A. In the spring/summer
B. In the summer only
C. Year-round if you’re brave enough to use them (or wearing long underwear)
D. Any time of the year because some units can be climate-controlled

Correct answer: D – Restroom trailers are climate-controlled with A/C and heat capability, allowing for cool insides in hot months and warm insides in cold months to keep users comfortable.

So, how did you do? Total up your correct answers and let us know in the comments if you got a perfect score!

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Do You Really Need Portable Bathrooms?

As a general rule, if you think you may need portable restrooms, you probably do! Whether you’re hosting a special event or planning a function, bathrooms are a must-have.

That’s not to say that you should only rent portable bathrooms if the location you’re using doesn’t have any bathrooms at all though! We frequently rent porta potties and luxury restroom trailers for events where there are established bathrooms already in place. In these cases, rentals are meant to supplement or replace the existing bathrooms because they’ve fallen short of expectations for one reason or another.

These are the top cases for when you absolutely need portable bathrooms:

Number

If there aren’t enough bathrooms for your size event, adding to the available number with some rented units is a great way to ensure that attendees can enjoy themselves instead of having to wait in long lines. Shorter wait times also entice more families to attend and guests to stick around longer instead of leaving early.

Remember, you can never have too many restrooms. No one is never going to fault you for providing extra options, but they will certainly voice their disappointment if there aren’t enough bathrooms to go around.

Location

If bathrooms are inconveniently located or spaced too far apart, bringing in rented bathrooms gives event attendees more convenient options. Ensuring that you have well-placed bathrooms increases guest satisfaction by providing guests with more time to enjoy the main event.

Depending on the nature of your event, you may also want to provide various restroom tiers in different locations for different groups to enjoy. For instance, we often provide portable restroom solutions for 5K and 10K races as well as half and full-marathons. In these cases, we typically set up a bank of porta johns for spectators to use, as well as luxury portable restroom trailers for the athletes to change inside after the competition. Their paid race entry entitles them to use these more premium restrooms (as well as other amenities from the race organizers).

Niceness

If the available bathrooms aren’t very nice, people will often forgo using them and just leave your event early so that they can do their business elsewhere. Additionally, if the available bathrooms don’t have much-needed amenities (climate-controlled interiors, exterior lighting, running water, etc.) attendees may not use them while at your event or simply avoid your event altogether.

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

Meet Our Most Popular Portable Toilet Units

One of the most common questions we hear from prospective customers is “What are your most popular units?” So, we’ve decided to spotlight the units that are in highest demand across Michigan year-round. Here are our top portable toilets:

Elite Portable Toilet Unit

The Elite unit is an upgraded version of the standard porta potty that you’re accustomed to seeing at public events, in parks, along trails, and on construction sites. Unlike regular porta johns that just have the basics (a toilet, urinal, and hand sanitizer dispenser), Elite units also boast premium features. A foot pedal flushes the toilet inside while a fresh water sink provides running water for handwashing. Additionally, a coat hook and shelves allow users to stow their belongings securely while doing their business.

 

 

“Shanty” 2-Stall Trailer

This trailer is one of our newest luxury restroom trailers and has been an instant hit for outdoor weddings and barn weddings. Its rustic charm combines old world styling with modern conveniences for the perfect mix of old and new. The 2-stall size makes it a lovely choice for smaller, more intimate weddings and functions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bath Trailer

Our Master Bath trailer is a simple, clean version of your home’s master bathroom… multiplied by three. Each of the three private stalls have a toilet, sink, and shower, allowing people the same conveniences of home out in nature. This unit is ideally suited for multi-day outdoor events where guests will need to get clean (music festivals, retreats, camping excursions, etc.). The Master Bath trailer unit can also be used for homeowners that are doing major renovations, which compromise their existing bathrooms.

 

ADA Compliant Trailer

People typically assume that the Hydra ADA trailer is only for public events where handicapped accessibility is required. However, this handicapped stall equipped trailer is a great addition to any family-friendly event because it also provides stroller access for families with young children. Its versatility makes it a popular choice for all sorts of events from weddings and black-tie events to sporting events, public festivals, and community gatherings.

 

Kerkstra Luxury Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan and luxury restroom trailers for all of the states surrounding the Great Lakes. Take a look at our mobile restroom trailers and request a quote today!

GAP and Our Farms

Want to know what’s keeping the food that our farmers grow safe for your family? One of the main initiatives is called GAP, and it stands for Good Agricultural Practices. Find out more and learn about what Kerkstra is doing to help with this program!

The Details

GAP is a voluntary agricultural program aimed at minimizing the risk of contamination to fruit/vegetables by food growers and packers. While GAP includes farm-wide protocols, some states have practices that are crop-specific as well to supplement those broader regulations.

Protecting our Communities

Foodborne illnesses are bad for everyone involved! Consumers get sick, farmers face reduced demand after an outbreak, and grocery stores suffer from wavering confidence in available products. GAP was implemented to keep people safe and support the agricultural industry as a whole. But GAP policies don’t just provide for safe consumption, they also aim to improve the use of resources on farms, ensure crop quality, and improve working conditions for pickers.

The main idea behind GAP is to prevent outbreak before it happens so that costly contamination removal isn’t necessary down the line.

How it Affects Farms

Getting pickers and other produce handlers to wash their hands regularly (especially after eating and using the restroom) is the first step in achieving GAP compliance. GAP regulations lay out specific protocols around employee sanitation and employer documentation that must be followed to ensure compliance. Kerkstra services farms with GAP compliant portable restrooms to help lay the foundation for this important program.

Want to Learn More?

Find out more about what makes GAP porta potties different!

Learn why farms of all sizes need portable restrooms for workers and visitors!

Kerkstra Portable Restroom Service Inc. provides portable restroom service across Michigan for agricultural applications. Find out more about our GAP solutions today!